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  • Media & Transparency Can Change the Food System | Sam Fromartz | Change Food Fest

    Change Food

    Sam Fromartz, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Food & Environment Reporting Network, tells a story about pesticide use in California that exposed some deep flaws in the food system. This story shows the importance of media and transparency, a focus that FERN, a news organization that produces reporting on food, agriculture, and environmental health, will continue to strive towards. Read More

  • It’s Time to Get on Board: Meatless Monday – Peggy Neu

    TEDxManhattan

    Peggy Neu discusses the influence of Meatless Monday, and how fostering this habit change can spark a much larger movement. Read More

  • Walt

    American Rivers

    At 85 years old, organic raisin farmer and lifelong river advocate Walt Shubin is not slowing down. He has dedicated the last 65 years of his life to restoring California's once-mighty San Joaquin River to the wild glory he remembers as a young boy. Read More

  • Farming Forward

    Center for Environmental Filmmaking

    For decades, agricultural run-off from farms has been a source of criticism by environmental groups concerned about the health of the Chesapeake Bay. However, with the guidance of scientists, environmentalists, and the general public, farmers are beginning to make broad changes … Read More

  • The Human Cost of Conflict Palm Oil

    Rainforest Action Network

    What’s really in that snack food? Too frequently, the answer is palm oil produced with modern day slavery, child labor, and worker and human rights abuses. Sacrificing the lives, health, and safety of the people who work on palm oil plantations is far too high a price to pay for the cheap palm oil used in snack foods made by companies like PepsiCo. Read More

  • The Soil Story – Pashon Murray

    Kiss the Ground

    In collaboration with Kiss the Ground, Pashon Murray of Detroit Dirt narrates this story of soil and how it could save our planet and reverse climate change. Building healthy soil has the miraculous ability to sequester carbon from the atmosphere. It’s a story that has to be shared with the world. And it’s not just carbon storage; the ways that soil stands to positively impact lives of billions worldwide are tangible and immediate.  Clean water.  Healthy food.  Drought resistance.  Restored habitats. The opportunity is real. Read More

  • Why Bees Are Disappearing – Marla Spivak

    TED

    Honeybees have thrived for 50 million years, each colony 40 to 50,000 individuals coordinated in amazing harmony. So why, seven years ago, did colonies start dying en masse? Marla Spivak reveals four reasons which are interacting with tragic consequences. This is not simply a problem because bees pollinate a third of the world’s crops. Could this incredible species be holding up a mirror for us? … Read More

  • This Computer Will Grow Your Food In The Future – Caleb Harper

    TED

    What if we could grow delicious, nutrient-dense food, indoors anywhere in the world? Caleb Harper, director of the Open Agriculture Initiative at the MIT Media Lab, wants to change the food system by connecting growers with technology. Get to know Harper’s “food computers” and catch a glimpse of what the future of farming might look like. Read More

  • The four fish we’re overeating — and what to eat instead – Paul Greenberg

    TED

    The way we fish for popular seafood such as salmon, tuna and shrimp is threatening to ruin our oceans. Paul Greenberg explores the sheer size and irrationality of the seafood economy, and suggests a few specific ways we can change it, to benefit both the natural world and the people who depend on fishing for their livelihoods. Read More

  • Don’t Let the Good Food Movement Become Only Feel Good – Kendra Kimbirauskas

    TEDxManhattan

    Kendra Kimbirauskas discusses the problems with factory farms or CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations). More than ever, we are experiencing unprecedented growth of factory farms in rural communities, even though consumers are more educated. Despite all of the good work of the Good Food movement, factory farms continue to expand across the United States.  Kendra discusses the numerous factors leading to this growth, including money in politics, international trade deals and misleading marketing. She urges the food movement to move past greenwashing and superficial change to discover the … Read More

  • In Praise of Big Organic – Myra Goodman

    TEDxManhattan

    Myra Goodman, founder of Earthbound Farms, the largest organic producer in North America, explains the environmental, health, and economic benefits of expanding the organic movement to large-scale farms. Read More

  • Are Insects the Future of Food? – Megan Miller

    TEDxManhattan

    Imagine your favorite baked goods, except made with cricket flour. If the idea of eating insects doesn’t appeal to you, you may want to reconsider – not only are they packed with nutrition, they’re being served at the world’s best restaurants, and perhaps most importantly, taking advantage of this untapped resource could help us avert a global food crisis. Megan Miller, creator of Bitty Foods, will convince you to start eating insects. Read More